Shaun Howes pleased with determined display from Norwich City Women

Norwich City Women’s head coach Shaun Howes was pleased with the resilience and determination his side showed in the 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.

The Canaries fell behind in the first half but battled back to level the scores in the second half with a close-range strike from Megan Todd.

“It was a very good performance,” said Shaun. “They worked really hard. We said before the game that we need to be harder to beat. I think they showed the determination not to get beaten and showed a resilience when they did go 1-0 down to come back.”

In the previous three games, Norwich City had conceded 15 goals but while Shaun praised the improvement of his team as a whole, it was the cutting out of silly mistakes rather than the defensive display that led to the team conceding fewer.

“I don’t think we have been doing that bad defensively, I just think we have been making silly mistakes which have been costing us goals,” he said. “Not many teams have actually played through us when we have been in a good defensive shape, it is just when we have made silly mistakes that we have been punished.

“On Sunday we were more determined and more careful with the ball and then, when we did make a mistake or they did start breaking on us, we showed the determination to protect our goal a bit more and not concede.”

Having picked up the first point of the season the Canaries are now off the foot of the table ahead of Sunday’s cup match with Gillingham. Shaun says the draw will be a big confidence boost going forward.

“I think the point is huge,” he said. “We are not going to get carried away with it, but had we lost again, especially after such a good performance, I think it would have been really hard to pick the girls up but the atmosphere afterwards was great and it showed that the hard work they are putting in is starting to get rewards. AFC Wimbledon are a very good team and they will be up there in the mix to win the league, so it is a massive point not only to get us off the bottom of the league but to get us rolling.”

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